Merry Christmas

I can’t believe Christmas is here! Here are a few shots of our holiday cards. The lettering is calligraphy, and the picture is one of our favorites from our trip to Norway. :)

Have a charming holiday with your loved ones.

XO, Mariel

merry christmas - calligraphy holiday cards

holiday cards - one charming life

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Custom Monogrammed Stationery

Last month, one of my fabulously creative friends asked me to create stationery for her mom and two sisters. It wasn’t something I’d done before, but I was so inspired by her ideas and couldn’t wait to get started.

Kathryn (a classy Southern girl) asked for monograms in calligraphy. So perfect. I did some research and we decided on colorful monogrammed note cards and notepads. But after we got started, she came up with a brilliant addition: custom rubber stamps so their charming little monograms can be pressed wherever they wish. Adorable!

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Notepad from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Stationery Set from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Stamp from One Charming Life

Custom Calligraphy Monogram Notecard Gift from One Charming Life

I adore how they turned out. I can’t wait to make and gift a few of my own… and perhaps make one for myself as well! :)

XO, Mariel

Deck “Their” Halls Shower Invite

I wanted to share another little project I was able to work on with a sweet friend. Sarah hosted a couples shower this past weekend, and I can’t think of a better theme!

deck their halls shower invite from one charming life

red and teal blue holiday party invitation couples wedding shower

custom holiday couples wedding shower invitation

red envelope with white lettering from one charming life

Congratulations to Emily & David!

XO, Mariel

Fairy Birthday Party Invites

Do you believe in fairies? This glittery invitation is perfect for a little girl’s birthday party. I loved creating these and addressing the pretty pink envelopes with a silver pen. It was the perfect touch!

Custom Pink and Silver Fairy Birthday Party Invitation

Do you believe in Fairies? Party Invite with Calligraphy from One Charming Life

hand lettering calligraphy by one charming life

cute pink invitation for a girl's birthday party- fairy theme

And who doesn’t love the color pink? :) Happy Friday!

XO, Mariel

‘Stock the Bar’ Couples Shower Invite

When it comes to wedding showers, couples showers are my favorite. So earlier this fall, when Bobby and I were invited to help two good friends “stock the bar”, how could I say no?

I was even more excited when the host, my lovely friend Jenny, asked me to design invitations for the party. Knowing the bride’s favorite color is turquoise, I found inspiration in the slanted stripes on a roll of teal washi tape. The final invite design was modern yet playful; a perfect match to the party’s setting at a chic lounge in downtown Dallas.

Meagan and Marcus were married this past weekend. It was a fantastic celebration filled with many laughs and even better dance moves. Much love and congrats to the happy couple!

XO, Mariel

affordable white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope. teal. wedding shower. one charming life.

blue and teal vintage stamps. custom invitation design. couples shower. stock the bar.

white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope - affordable - with teal washi tape.

modern teal stock the bar couples shower invitation. one charming life. mariel.

cheers. teal blue modern stock the bar shower invite. one charming life.

Kate Spade-Inspired Invites

Kate Spade - Inspired Bachelorette Party Invitations via One Charming Life

Last month, eight friends traveled to the Texas hill country to celebrate something really special… Our friend Tiffany’s final days as a bachelorette! The weekend was a hit — we floated the river, dined at the Gristmill and danced at the famous Gruene Hall.  It’s a weekend I’ll never forget, and because of that I wanted to share a piece of it with you.

A couple of months ago, I was discussing wedding day details with Tiffany, the bride-to-be. When she mentioned that she had just bought her wedding shoes from Kate Spade, a light bulb popped up in my head. I thought, “I love Kate Spade’s style; what fun inspiration for a Bachelorette party!”

It was about time to start designing the invitations for Tiffany’s final fling, and right then I knew Kate Spade would be the perfect muse. I had so much fun creating these, and I hope you enjoy them too! Here’s the final product…

Purple Envelope White Lettering Bachelorette Party Invitation

Colorful Bachelorette Party Invitation - Inspired by Kate Spade

Bachelorette Party Invite Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Lingerie Shower Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Here are a few pieces from Kate Spade that provided inspiration…

Kate Spade Live Colorfully Gift Set

Live Colorfully Gift Set

Kate Spade Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

KATE SPADE GILD THE LILY IDIOM BANGLE

Gild the Lily Idiom Bangle 

As Miss Spade would say… Party Colorfully!

XO, Mariel

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love when my friends come up with a creative idea and ask me to be a part of it. That’s why I was thrilled when Anna approached me about making a special wedding gift for her cousin.

Anna was inspired by the couple’s wedding song, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and wanted to incorporate the lyrics in her gift. We discussed a few ideas and I began sketching out the song’s chorus in calligraphy. After some tweaking on the computer, the words were printed on canvas and stretched over a wooden frame.

I love the end result. It’s such a wonderful blessing to have found that special person, and I hope this little piece of art helps the happy couple think back on sweet memories from their wedding day.  XO – Mariel

Calligraphy quote on canvas via One Charming Life

"Wonderful Life" - calligraphy print via One Charming Life